Hello and Happy Easter! I had so much fun creating all of these Easter cards. They are similar in some ways but each is different and the ideas just kept coming. I find that the more I stay in creative mode the more ideas come. So here we go, grab a cup of coffee or tea. As you will see as you scroll down looking at the cards I kind of the like the Tim Holtz Bunny Hop die set. I also had about 20 some Distress Oxide inks on my desk that I used on the cards.
Adding 2 more cards… no more though.
Two Paper Divas Easter Basket stamp set – Hoppy Easter sentiment & images on the last card.
Howdy! I have a card for the Hero Arts July Scramble in Facebook for you today! The Scramble theme this time was coloring so I watercolored the flowers.
I started out by stamping one group of the flowers on each corner of the card. Then I used a single flower to fill in the top and bottom. I heat embossed using brass powder. I then used some Distress Reinker to paint the flowers.
The sentiment is heat embossed using the same embossing powder.
I got to use my new Tonic Studios Tim Holtz glass mat for the first time while making this. Pretty sweet!
Howdy to you all! I hope you are hanging in there these days. I have a card I was trying to create for the Hero Arts Stay Crafty Challenge but didn’t quite make it. The theme was use a stamp that has never seen ink, preferably a Hero Arts stamp. I have had this Artistic Dahlia stamp for quite some time but just haven’t used it until I made this card.
For the background I stamped with a text stamp. It is a cool gray. I was lucky to have some paper for the base that went with that gray.
For the flower I water colored it and then cut it out by hand.
The sentiment is die cut from the same paper as the base of the card.
Here I am now with a birthday card for my hubby. He picked this stamp out for me when he went to The Ink Pad store in New York. We both love bird watching and my hub really enjoys seeing hawks.
I started my card with a panel I had in my stash. It was ink on water color paper. Probably Distress ink. I loved the colors and I thought it would go well with the stamp. I stamped over the colored panel with brown ink, then I cut the panel to have a border around the actual image. One thing that adds to this also is watercolor paper has lots of texture!
One of the Flickr Hero Arts group members brought back the Scramble, at least a one time Scramble! Very nice of Cindy to do that. The thing about the Scrambles is you have to make a card in 90 minutes and get it posted in the Flickr group. I always enjoyed them even though sometimes it is a big scramble to get a card done. I had to practice with a few cards before I could get it down to 90 minutes. So now I have several in progress cards. That is a good thing because I need about 8 thank you cards right about now.
Here is my card that I made using the Hero Arts June 2019 My Monthly Hero kit. I noticed that the ones they are releasing around this time of year are the ones that really catch my eye.
For the background on this card I smooshed a couple of colors of Oxide ink on my craft mat. I then sprayed some water on it. I took a piece of watercolor paper and put that on it. I let that layer dry and then did another round.
For the animals I stamped them using Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I colored them in with Copics and die cut them. The elephant has a touch of gold from a metallic Gelly Roll pen on his headress. I actually looked up some of the animals on the internet to see their coloring. Let me just say leopards have the most beautiful coats. This is such a fun set! Lot’s of animals and plants and fun sayings.
The sentiment is die cut from white paper and I colored it with a Copic pen to have it be one of the colors I used on the animals.
Howdy! Here’s the two Fathers Day Cards I made. One for my Dad who just turned 90 and one for my hubby. My hubby has been a great Dad to my son.
The first one is the one I made for my Dad. He liked to sail so I thought the ocean scene would be nice.
For the background I did a few layers of Oxide Distress ink letting them dry in between on watercolor paper. I cut out the reef border using a Hero Arts die.
The fish were fun… I used a piece of Ranger Silver Sparkle Alcohol Ink Cardstock and put some alcohol ink on it. It comes out so cool with such a nice shimmer. Then I die cut a couple of the fish from one of the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero sets.
For the sentiment I used a Hero Arts stamp set and a Hero Arts Ombre ink pad.
Here is the card I made for my hubby. He uses the two coffee makers on the card to make coffee. One is a french press and the other is a moka pot. We love Tahoe and he has a black mug with a bit of a scene on it and it says Lake Tahoe. I tried drawing the scene on there but it just wasn’t working so I just decided to write the Lake Tahoe part.
For this card I made the background somehow. Ha. It’s probably just some watercolor put on simply or Distress ink. I added the coffee rings using a stencil.
I die cut a couple of rectangles with a die with double stitching.
The mug, french press and moka pot are stamped and heat embossed. I colored them with Copics. The mug sits up a little higher with foam tape under it.
The sentiment is heat embossed using brown embossing powder.
Hello Crafty Friends! I am wondering have you ever done this before? Here is a project I was working on slowly filling in the background with watercolor. It once was one piece of watercolor paper.
I love the way it is looking. It gets moved around many times while I am making other things. At some point it gets turned upside down. I grab it thinking it is a blank piece of watercolor paper. I cut it in half. I decide I want to try something with a flower stamp. I ink it up. I use the piece of water color paper I just cut to stamp on. Here is the back side of the lovely jelly fish. Oops!! Darn it!
I’m back with one more post for the 2019 Spring/Summer Coffee Blog Hop. It may be over officially but I am not quite done. Ha. If you want tons of great inspiration you can see all the cards submitted during the hop here. So nice of Amy to have this more than once a year. I know it is a huge amount of work. Also very nice that tons of companies provided prizes.
So here are the other two cards I made. One almost made it for the link up. Missed by maybe 5 minutes or so. Don’t let your self get distracted towards the end of the time. One thing I got side tracked on is ordering a few things from Kat Scrappiness. Amy made a card using a background die from there and I just had to have it. Anyway… on to the cards.
Here we are with the final version! There were several versions with me thinking how about this, no maybe this, ok this will work. Since this was a Spring/Summer coffee hop I was trying to go with the theme. But.. coffee just has such a fall feel to it. I drink coffee all year round, seven days a week. I had a lighter brown background at one point but I felt it needed to be lightened up for the theme.
For the background I used a TCW stencil to make all the coffee rings. This required me putting paper pieces on the stencil to only get the coffee rings and not the other things on the stencil and so I did not get ink on the card in the wrong place. The image was on the edge of the stencil.
Next we have the coffee cups. I was thinking rainbow when I picked the colors. I painted some watercolors on watercolor paper and let that dry. Then I stamped the coffee cups over the colors and die cut them out. I used the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2018 coffee kit for all the cups.
Then I found this dark ribbon to ground the cups. It went on a bit crooked which bugs me but it was red line tape so there was no taking it back up without destroying the background.
I used another Hero Arts set for the flowers. I also put down some watercolors on watercolor paper for those, stamped, hand cut.
So the background was different at one point, the cups are redone, the ribbon was something different. You all know how it goes.
I had to pull this stamp out for this hop. In progress last night but not ready to submit. I won this guy and two other owls with coffee from Rubbernecker Stamps and they are so much fun. I happen to love owls and surprisingly coffee. Ha. This was a bit of a challenge at first also. How do you make an owl look more spring/summer instead of fall? I am really happy how it came out.
I stamped the cute owl and colored him with Copics. I cut around him using a Spellbinders die along with the mat behind him.
I used a couple of patterned papers from the same paper pad. The green is from a different paper pad.
I cut the greeting banner out with a Simon Says Stamp set. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero coffee set and it really fits with the image. The image and the greeting are both raised up with fun foam.
Here’s a couple things I created around Christmas mostly for gift giving. The Thank You I forgot what that was for. They are all kind of quick and sometimes these are the most fun since you can just make them any old way and are not that worried about how great it comes out or that you are creating for many to see.
So this one was for a gift to my son. We have a great park system called East Bay Regional Park District. It is actually the model for many park systems around the country. Anyway.. we love them all. Nice hiking at pretty much all of them. A few have lakes or creeks and just all around fun to be in. So we got my son a membership for Christmas. It helps the parks and gets him in the ones that charge without having to pay. He just got a mountain bike so we had one place in mind he might like to take his mountain bike to start getting used to it. I printed the map of all the parks from their website along with the logo type thing. I think that leaf is a Hero Arts stamp that is similar to their logo leaf. I inked around the edges with the same green ink as the leaf.
This was for my Dad and his girlfriend. My husband found some tickets to a musical near where they live. I had to dress it up so I used snowflake stamp set (Penny Black Snowbursts) and stamped with silver pigment ink and a blue ink. For the sentiment (Hero Arts Chalkboard Messages CG619) I heat embossed white over a pretty blue paper. All this was the envelope which also said do not open until Christmas. For the information about the musical I cut and paste information from an email and printed that. Then I stamped all over the background with Versamark ink and a snowflake stamp. After that I dusted over it with Perfect Pearls. Then I added a few die cut snowflakes.
For this I had stamped these tulips (Hero Arts Newspaper Tulips K5576) some time ago by coloring with markers on the stamp I think and maybe spritzing it a bit before stamping. I think it was on watercolor paper. Then I just finished it off by stamping the sentiment.
Howdy! I have a card with some die cut flowers today to lighten up the cold, rainy and in some places snowy winter days.
I started out by putting down some watercolors on watercolor paper using a little set my husband gave me for Christmas. So this little watercolor set (Koi Watercolors) is a fun travel type set with 8 fluorescent, 4 metallic and 12 pearlescent colors. It’s a fun one! Most of the flowers have a pearly shimmer but it is hard to see in the photo. Next I stamped several of the flowers and leaves from the Flowers for Coloring stamp set over the watercolor areas using Versamark ink & Hero Arts white embossing powder. I used the matching Flowers for Coloring die set to cut them out.
I then dry embossed a panel using a Sizzix embossing folder. That was glued to the card base.
The sentiment was stamped with Versamark & heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I die cut this out using the matching dies.
I layered up the flowers and leaves and glued them down along with the sentiment.
Another idea for these flowers, would be to stamp over patterned paper and die cut or hand cut them out.
There’s still time to create a card for the a2z Scrapbooking January challenge Anything Goes.
Here’s a link to the a2z scrapbooking store where you can use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.